This was an exhilarating trip with extremely knowledgeable leaders!
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Activity note: University Inn check-in 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.
Dinner: We will transfer to Dixie State University for a delicious banquet dinner featuring a buffet, plus coffee, tea, water.
Evening: Orientation. Returning to the University Inn, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Transportation will be provided primarily by motorcoach, unless otherwise specified. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Hiking 2 – 4 miles on unpaved trails, depending on walks chosen, time and weather. Elevations range from 2,500 feet in the city to 4,500 feet at Snow Canyon.
Breakfast: At the University Inn, the breakfast buffet offers choices such as hard boiled eggs, hot oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yogurt, pastries, toast, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: In our meeting room at the University Inn, our instructor will present a lecture on the geology, ecology, flora, and fauna of Southern Utah. We’ll gain a greater understanding of the incredible formations we will hike through and explore during the week. While we’ll continue to have trailside talks during field trips, this class will set the stage for our remaining outings. We will transfer by motorcoach for a 15-minute ride to Snow Canyon State Park. As we walk with our instructor on trails among sandstone formations, we will have an introduction to local geology, including red and white rock cliffs, rolling mounds of petrified sand dunes, and basalt rock formations.
Lunch: Along the trail we will enjoy a boxed lunch that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit. Water will be provided.
Afternoon: We will continue our walking field trip through the unique geologic features of Snow Canyon State Park.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a variety of menu and beverage choices from the extensive buffet. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks included.
Evening: Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Driving 1 hour. Hiking 4 to 5 miles. Lower Emerald Pools is a 1.2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 70 foot elevation change. Middle Emerald Pools is a 2 mile round trip on groomed trail with 150 foot elevation change. Riverside trail is a 2 mile round trip on a paved trail, mostly flat.
Breakfast: Inn buffet.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel and ride to Zion National Park by motorcoach. From Zion Lodge we'll hike to Middle and Lower Emerald Pools with our instructor and Group Leader to view waterfalls cascading over sandstone cliffs to shallow green pools.
Lunch: Returning to Zion Lodge, we’ll have a box lunch on the lawn that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit.
Afternoon: We’ll transfer to the park shuttle system to the Temple of Sinawava, a natural amphitheater and the trailhead for the Riverside Walk. From here, we walk on a fairly level, paved trail that follows the course of the Virgin River deep into the heart of Zion Canyon, viewing spring lines that provide water for lush hanging gardens and the home of the endangered Zion snail. Our instructor will provide information about the Virgin River and Zion Canyon’s geology and plant habitat along the way. We’ll then return to the lodge to take the motorcoach to our hotel in Springdale, located just outside the gates to Zion National Park.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal that includes coffee, tea, and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.
Evening: We’ll be joined in the hotel meeting room by a federally licensed eagle falconer for a presentation on birds of prey and see a live falcon, hawk and golden eagle.
Activity note: Hiking 4 – 5 miles. Scout Lookout is a 4 mile round trip hike with a 1,100 foot elevation change.
Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes choices such as scrambled eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, cereal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, milk, juice, coffee, assorted teas and water.
Morning: We’ll transfer by motorcoach to Zion National Park, transfer to the park shuttle system, and set out to explore Zion's West Rim Trail to Scouts Lookout. Starting at the Grotto trailhead, today's hike takes us up and out of the west side of the main canyon to Scout's Lookout. From here we will continue along West Rim trail another 1 to 2 miles with incredible views of the Canyon.
Lunch: On the trail, we’ll have box lunches that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit.
Afternoon: We’ll continue hiking and exploring Zion, returning to the hotel late afternoon.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There’s a variety of small and distinctive restaurants to choose from.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Driving 75 miles, about 1.5 hours. Hiking 2 to 5 miles. Peekaboo Loop trail is a 5.3 mile round trip on groomed trail with 1,000 foot elevation change. Rim trail from Bryce Point to Sunset Point is a 2 mile one way trip on groomed trail with a 300 foot elevation drop.
Breakfast: At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet which includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, pancakes, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, water, juice and milk.
Morning: We will travel to Bryce Canyon National Park for a full-day field trip, starting with the Peekaboo Loop Trail. We’ll begin at Bryce Point, one of the best vistas in the park, zigzagging down the rim 1,000 feet into the canyon. Here we’ll weave through a brilliant collection of hoodoos, fins and spires in the main Bryce Canyon amphitheater. For those who prefer a less strenuous route, the 2 mile Rim Trail also offers great views of the Bryce Canyon amphitheater.
Lunch: On the trail, we’ll have box lunches that includes a sandwich, cookies, chips and fruit.
Afternoon: We’ll continue exploring Bryce Canyon then stop at the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center to view the award-winning park video, visit the natural history museum, and learn about the amazing night sky at Bryce. Later, we’ll proceed to our hotel for check-in.
Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a Western-themed buffet with main dishes, side dishes, dessert, and beverage choices of lemonade, coffee, teas, and water.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow.
Activity note: Hiking 4 to 5 miles. Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail is a 3.5 mile hike with an elevation change of 520 feet.
Breakfast: At Ruby's Inn, the breakfast buffet includes fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted baked goods, cereal, scrambled eggs, French toast, oatmeal, smoked bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee, assorted teas, juice, water and milk.
Morning: After checking out, we’ll set out for our final hike in Bryce Canyon: Navajo Loop and Queens Garden Trail. This hike is absolutely the best way to see the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. It's listed as one of the top 10 hikes in the U.S. by National Geographic.
Lunch: On the trail, we’ll have box lunches that include a sandwich, chips, cookie and fruit.
Afternoon: We’ll wrap up our adventures at Bryce and travel by momtorcoach to St. George.
Dinner: At Dixie State University, we’ll enjoy a buffet of various options, with coffee, tea, and water.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: University Inn check-out by 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast: University Inn buffet. This concludes our program.
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This was an exhilarating trip with extremely knowledgeable leaders!
This program is well worth doing. It was very well organized. I learnt a lot about the geology of the region,and the scenery is spectacular.
Terrific week of hiking in the Red Rock areas of Utah. Gary Goold and Kelly Cooper are excellent, experienced hosts who shared their knowledge and took extra special care of our congenial group of 13. Dixie State University RS programs are very well organized. The rear panel on their comfortable buses displays their motto " active learning, active life".
Wonderful! It was beautiful and a good level of exercise, which I really enjoy. Highly recommend!
Great trip with wonderful sights. I completely enjoyed my week with the group. Be ready to hike and you will enjoy your week in UT.
Hiking guide Gary and bus driver Jerry provided extraordinary service to our group. Road scholar is lucky to have them. The hikes in Snow Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion and the Dixie National Forest were exhilarating and the scenery was beautiful.
I recently took the Hiking Bryce and Zion National Park tour and was very pleased with All of it! Great staff, great program, and overall challenging and educational for me. I highly recommend this for one who likes to her hike in nature’s beauty.
Bryce and Zion hiking trip was brilliant and awesome, trip of a lifetime
I was a 1st time Road Scholar, this trip was all I expected and so much more. Our guides; George and Denise were fantastic. They each brought so much to the trip. George, being the Geologist gave us information that really helped explain how all these majestic canyons actually got here. Denise, was our leader and made sure that each of us felt included in all the adventures even if not everyone could do each hike. Harry was our driver as well as assisting us with hikes, his humor was great. The small group made it easy to get to know one another and we all seemed to get along. We had one group member suffer an accident but our group rallied around him and got him safely down to the bus. Friends were made and emails were exchanged. It was an awesome experience. The beauty of Zion and Bryce will be in my memory and the photos that we are sharing are only a small piece of the whole experience. Debby.
if you've never been on a Road Scholar trip, you should. I was concerned that it would be a "If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium" experience. It wasn't. It was a really great experience. You do have to temper your need for independence and be able to go with the flow. Therefore people who dislike handing over control to others may not feel this is a good fit. Other than that, I can't wiat to sign up for another trip.
A great program in beautiful locations. The hiking was great and different levels of hiking were accommodated.
We had a great time and the leaders were wonderful. There was even a lecture on geology and a presentation on birds of prey in the deserts and mountains of Utah ....with real birds brought in cages that were taken out to show to us.
Great trip to two spectacular national parks and one state park (Snow Canyon). Trip leaders (Dan & Dixie) were delightful and very knowledgeable about the parks and geology, which kept things interesting. While we had some wonderful hikes, I wish that there had been more - one afternoon was spent riding a bus listening to a guest speaker drone on about Mormons, and another morning was kind of wasted. I encourage future trip organizers to ditch these segments and focus on what participants came here to do - hike. Another aspect of the trip that needs work is the food, which was universally poor, except for the final night when we had a delicious dinner. An example of the poor quality food was a night at Chuck-A-Rama, which provides an all-you-can-eat buffet for $11.95. That alone should tell you all you need to know about food quality. Other places were equally bad. I would encourage Road Scholar either to charge more and vastly upgrade food options, or to lower trip prices and allow participants to find their own food. Food aside, all in all this was an excellent trip! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing these two great parks. Just plan on finding your own food.
Zion and Bryce National Parks are wonderful to see with Road Scholar. We had 21 people in our group and 8 of us were solos. I learned a lot and challenged myself with the more difficult hikes in both parks.
This program is excellent! I enjoyed all aspects of this experience! This trip is for anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery!
What better way to explore new areas and meet new people with similar interests. Thank you Road Scholar!
Beautiful parks for experienced hikers.
Just completed hiking in St George, Zion and Bryce. This trip was FABulous!! More than imagined. Very active with hiking on high, well groomed trails and into canyons. Views to die for. Glorious. Accomodations fine and well located.
This trip was excellent. Beautiful scenery. Fun group of travelers. Great guides and bus driver. The only thing in need of improvement is the college food.
This program was out of this world in terms of beauty. Our trip leaders were incredibly smart about geology but presented the material in layman's terms and were unfailingly patient when we asked the same questions over and over again. I recommend this trip to anyone who likes to be "on the go" while enjoying mother nature at her finest.
Best trip ever. Amazing and qualified staff that went out of their way to help our various needs. The driver, Glen, was also helpful and helped organize easier hikes for a lady that could not keep up. I could not have had a better time and I was on a scholarship.
A great hiking trip for anyone wishing to explore Zion and Bryce National Parks at a moderately challenging pace.
This was a fabulous trip! The scenery is breathtakingly stunning. Our guides and driver were extraordinary, as usual with Road Scholar. So glad I went, and was healthy enough to enjoy the hikes. The accommodations in St George were adequate, breakfasts were excellent, although meals on campus were adequate. Hotel in Springdale was a fabulous surprise. I can’t say enough about how wonderful this trip was!
Wonderful trip. Bryce and Zion are just amazingly beautiful. Trip staff (Gary, Maggie and Tina) were knowledgeable, helpful, and experienced! College Inn staff were very nice. Had a wonderful group of participants- friendly, considerate, interesting, and of varying hiking abilities. The hikes were challenging at times but doable with plenty of rest stops and water. Accommodations and meals varied. I am already planning my next RS hiking trip
I RECENTLY ATTENDED THE ZION AND BRYCE NATIONAL PARKS HIKES AND IT WAS AMAZING. I LOVED THAT IT WAS WORRY FREE AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AND THE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION WAS SPOT ON. I'M PLANNING ON DOING MORE IN THE FUTURE!
The Zion Bryce hiking trip was awesome, challenging hiking but manageable, terrific instructors and guides.
This was a wonderful program. The leaders set a good pace and each day's exploration was unique and fascinating. Accommodations and meals worked well and we had a very compatible group. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who likes to be active.
I can't say enough good things about our Road Scholar adventure, which was Hiking Bryce and Zion. The trip leader and instructor were both phenomenal, the hikes were outstanding and allowed us to really explore the parks in depth, the lectures were informative and interesting, and the group was an incredibly fun bunch of people who had a great time together. I've been telling all my friends and family about Road Scholar and will be looking into where I want Road Scholar to take me next!
Do you regularly go on long hikes with rapid ascent and descent? This trip is for you!
Very high recommendation for this trip. Three, very different, geological experiences (Snow Canyon, Zion Canyon, Bryce "Canyon"). It is a hiking trip, not just viewing; but with a wide range of abilities in our group ALL completed the two most intensive hikes one having 1300 feet of elevation gain, the other about 800 but at 8,000 feet. Options that included more intensive, or less intensive, experiences available. BUT, it IS a hiking program. We had good weather. Just a bit warm in Zion, bordering on oppressive on the intensive hike by noon. No rain our week. I can imagine that in rain it would be less pleasant particularly underfoot. This is a pretty dry area, so rain may not be a common problem. All in all, a wonderful trip for the view and the exercise.
The Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks was a wonderful experience. The beauty of the parks is only something that one can experience. Our guides Sherry and John were excellent. Both were extremely knowledgeable regarding the history and geology of the areas that we hiked, as well as allowing for the diversity of hikers in the group. The accommodations at Zion and Bryce were adequate for the length of stay. The College Inn is an acceptable accommodation for a short period of time. It would be nice if there were televisions in the rooms. The meals at Dixie State University were varied, well prepared and delightful. I would highly recommend this adventure of a life time.
If you love to hike, you will love this trip!
Breathtaking vistas make this hiking trip so awesome. Sherry is amazing instructor, very knowledgeable about this area history, geology and life here in general. Full with energy and always with a smile. Maggie was very good as well. I like the accommodations, meals and the organization. Great guest speaker as well. Great group of very good hikers.